Anti-Semitism at Anti Zimmerman Protest; ‘You Ashkenazi Crafted Devil’ Proclaims T-Shirt
by Zach Pontz
A man leading a demonstration against the recent acquittal of George Zimmerman in a murder trial that mesmerized the United States, was caught on camera wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with anti-Semitic language, Breitbart.com reports.
Shots of the protester and his T-shirt, were broadcast on KTLA-5 Los Angeles, and featured by the Los Angeles Times — neither of which spotted the offensive language. The shirt reads: “YOU ASHKENAZI CRAFTED DEVIL,” an apparent reference to Zimmerman, who is not Jewish as his name might suggest.
The term Ashkenazi refers to Jews of Eastern European origin, rather than Sephardic Jews who lived in Arab and Latin countries. While both groups trace their lineage back to Spain, Ashkenazi Jews primarily went north, into Europe after being expelled from the country in 1492, while Sephardic Jews headed south to the Magreb, North Africa and Asia or to European trading capitals, London and Amsterdam, where they maintained separate traditions.